Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. As catchy as it is woeful. [26 Aug 2005, p.60]
  2. If you've only heard of their work on The Ugly Organ or Domsetica, then I suggest picking this up. It's a great archive of the band's early unheralded accomplishments.
  3. Surprisingly, the time frame covered by the collection does not detract from the listening experience, rewarding Cursive-completists with moments of power punk and the angular guitar work the band has come to be known for.
  4. Musically, Houses and Homes is mostly stellar.
  5. Suggest[s] these guys' clatter-and-smash act was worth checking out back when you could have seen them in a basement. [25 Aug 2005, p.99]
  6. Expectedly, the longest lost tracks (talking '95, '96) are the most amateurish.
  7. Much of Differences gets wearying after the thirtieth minute of Tim Kasher's unhinged howling. [#10, p.106]
  8. 60
    Takes Cursive back to their chickenscratch days. [Sep 2005, p.144]
  9. A handful of these recordings show promise, and should prove enjoyable for diehards and newcomers alike.... These standouts sadly don’t compensate for the rest of the album’s general blandness.
  10. Too often, Kasher is lost in his screamy, overdramatic posturing. [Sep 2005, p.154]
  11. 50
    A high-pitched punky mess. [#16, p.103]
  12. I would stress that this conglomerate of half-baked songs should in no way reflect on the rest of Cursive's canon -- there is a reason most of these songs have gone largely unnoticed and unappreciated.
  13. Songs that range from energetic, immature guitar hacking (“Dispenser”) to tedious slow-churners (“Icebreakers”) to just plain awfulness (“I Thought There’d Be More Than This,” “The Knowledgeable Hasbeens”).
  14. Even Kasher's werewolf vocals do little to elevate these songs above the average.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Andy
    Aug 22, 2006
    7
    If you're a Cursive fan, this album has some tracks you don't want to miss including a B-side from the Ugly Organ that will rock If you're a Cursive fan, this album has some tracks you don't want to miss including a B-side from the Ugly Organ that will rock your socks off. Full Review »
  2. HeathG
    Aug 17, 2005
    6
    I think people arent being so fair to this album. It's not the masterpieces we've become used to as of late. It's old stuff. I think people arent being so fair to this album. It's not the masterpieces we've become used to as of late. It's old stuff. None of it is something we couldnt live without. buy it if you need it. Full Review »
  3. chrissys
    Aug 16, 2005
    5
    This album is mediocre to say the least. I love the T.Kash. as much as the next "hipster"... but we all know that the cursive boys were just This album is mediocre to say the least. I love the T.Kash. as much as the next "hipster"... but we all know that the cursive boys were just hoping to put an extra dime in their pockets and well, I guess their wild tactics worked on me. Full Review »